New era for UnitingCare ReGen and Odyssey House Victoria partnership (10/06/2014)

Melbourne, VIC, 10th June 2014 – Two of Victoria’s leading alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services, UnitingCare ReGen (ReGen) and Odyssey House Victoria (Odyssey), today welcomed the announcement by Minister Wooldridge on Friday 6th of June 2014 of the final outcomes of the AOD treatment services recommissioning process.

Melbourne, VIC, 10th June 2014 – Two of Victoria’s leading alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services, UnitingCare ReGen (ReGen) and Odyssey House Victoria (Odyssey), today welcomed the announcement by Minister Wooldridge on Friday 6th of June 2014 of the final outcomes of the AOD treatment services recommissioning process.

ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis said:

“In partnership with a range of complementary local health and welfare services, ReGen and Odyssey will be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of the majority of recommissioned AOD services from September 1 2014, in the Department of Health catchments, Inner North, North, North West and South West.  The catchments are characterised by diverse community needs and includes three catchments which contain four municipalities who have some of the fastest growing corridors in the state. 

“ReGen will also be working in partnership with UnitingCare Ballarat and UnitingCare Wimmera to deliver services in the Grampians catchment.   “The partnership between ReGen and Odyssey provides a real opportunity to improve the accessibility, consistency and effectiveness of AOD treatment services in Victoria, in keeping with the Government’s framework for reform.  Together, they will provide a range of services including intake and assessment, catchment based planning, care and recovery coordination, counselling and non-residential withdrawal as well as established services in residential withdrawal, residential rehabilitation services and numerous other AOD treatment and education services.

“With 76 years’ combined experience, Odyssey and ReGen are longstanding specialist providers of AOD services in Victoria.  Both agencies have an established record in the development of high-quality, innovative services that respond to established and emerging community needs, such as our Catalyst and Torque non-residential rehabilitation programs, our intensive playgroup and the recently funded mother and baby unit for women undergoing residential withdrawal treatment.  Both agencies are sector leaders in AOD practice and family-inclusive treatment services and the provision of integrated care in partnership with a wide range of complementary health and welfare services, as well as workforce development.

“We are committed to the development of integrated, person-centred, evidence-based treatment services, to working in close partnership with local service networks to ensure that our services are accessible to people harmed by alcohol and other drug use “UnitingCare ReGen acknowledges the reform process, led by Minister Wooldridge and the Department of Health and the work that they have undertaken and the difficult decisions that have been made through the AOD recommissioning process, which will ensure better outcomes to families and individuals who are affected by AOD issues."

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For further information or comment please contact Laurence Alvis on (03) 9384 8880 or 0421 811 707.